As I noted previously (based on a newspaper report), Rocketbase LLC has filed legal paperwork to garnish funds from the campaign of Charles Lollar. A newspaper report indicated that the Lollar campaign lost a judgement in court last month after being sued by Rocketbase for breach of contract for not paying bills owed. A judge in Fairfax County, Virginia ruled that the Lollar campaign owes Rocketbase $20,425 plus 6% interest going back to November. The Lollar campaign also owes court costs (apparently $46.) The newspaper report indicated that the Lollar campaign attempted to appeal the judgement but forfeited that opportunity by failing to pay a required bond within thirty days.
The news report indicated that Lollar himself attended the trial in January and that two senior campaign staffers testified. I understand that Bob Carlstrom, the current campaign manager who has had other roles as well, was one of the witnesses who testified. The other witness from the Lollar campaign was a female staffer who may have been a volunteer coordinator at some point.
Lollar told The Washington Post that he didn’t know much about the situation other than it involved someone on his campaign who “fired” Rocketbase and the company “didn’t like that.”
Lollar also maintained ignorance about the judgement entered against his campaign by claiming he didn’t “know anything about that.”
Lollar also claimed he wasn’t sure about his campaign’s finances and wouldn’t be until May when finance reports are due. He refused to comment on whether he attended the trial and said he needed to talk to his campaign manager. Lollar comes across as clueless at best in the exchange with the reporter.
I have obtained he initial filing from December 20, 2013 and it is embedded below. It includes the Software/Service Subscription Agreement signed by both Bob Carlstrom (who was then the Finance Commitee Chair for the Lollar campaign) and Robert R.R. Marston, Chief Operating Officer for Rocketbase. Among other things, the document includes the terms of payment and a fee schedule with details of what each amount was for. Additionally, the consequences for late or missed payments are spelled out in detail.
I am working to acquire the rest of the publicly available legal documents in this case and I will post them when I have them.